Long night for area teams
The third trip to Hooper Stadium was the charm for Vintage High, as the visiting Crushers pounded Nevada Union on Friday night with a rushing attack that racked up 352 yards and a 30-20 victory.
After coming up on the short end of a pair of lopsided losses at NU in Vintage’s previous two trips up Highway 49, Crusher head coach Les Franco was elated to finally end up in the win column against the Miners.
The victory was the first for Vintage (2-0) in four tries against Nevada Union.
“We got our butts kicked up here a couple times,” Franco said, recalling an 84-21 loss to NU in the 2000 Sac-Joaquin section playoffs and a 45-19 defeat to the Miners in 2002. “I told this team that if we played physical ball, they could beat them.
“We were really physical tonight. And Tim Matson was superb. He made some great runs and our line … we just haven’t been that physical up here. That might have surprised them a bit.”
Vintage rushed for 183 yards in the first half alone, including 123 on the ground by Matson, who finished with a game-high 213 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Kevin Harrell added another 104 yards and three touchdowns on the ground for Vintage.
NU (1-1) jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, thanks to a 50-yard touchdown pass from NU junior quarterback Ty Smith to Josh Noxon. Chris Ulinski added the PAT kick and then a 48-yard field goal two minutes later for the early advantage.
Vintage answered before the quarter’s end, though, as Matson broke free for a 65-yard touchdown. The Crushers took the lead 12-10 midway through the second quarter, when Harrell scored from 1 yard out, capping a 12-play, 68-yard drive with 5 minutes and 13 seconds remaining.
Ulinski’s second field goal of the game, a 36-yarder, split the uprights for a 13-12 NU lead at the half.
Vintage took command midway through the third quarter with a nine-play, 65 yard drive that Harrell ended with a two-yard score for an 18-13 edge with 6:18 on the clock.
Matson made things 24-13 before the end of the third with his second score of the game, a 45-yard touchdown off a fourth-and-three play.
Things got worse for the Miners early in the fourth quarter, as a failed pass on a fake punt left the ball inside the NU 30.
Six plays later, Harrell had his third TD of the game, a 3-yard tote that gave Vintage a 30-13 lead with 8:51 to go in the game.
NU senior quarterback Nick Cartan, who also blocked two extra-point kicks on special teams, gave the Miners new life by completing 4-of-5 passes, including a 10-yard play-action pass to Noxon in the right corner of the end zone.
Noxon had eight catches on the night for the Miners for 136 yards and two touchdowns.
The brunt of NU’s offense came through the air as Smith and Cartan combined for 222 passing yards.
The Miners’ ground game was kept in check with a 69-yard total on 25 carries.
“If you’re going to play with the big boys, you’ve got to be able to go up and play them at their place,” said Franco. “This is a great win for our program. That’s why you schedule great programs like Nevada Union. If you want to be a great program, you have to play great programs.”
Nevada Union 35, Vintage 14
The Miners junior varsity (2-0) got 109 rushing yards and three touchdowns from Jesse Ettlin and another 116 rushing yards and a score from David Zealer in a 35-14 win over Vintage.
Brian Milhous added 70 yards on seven carries, while quarterback Chad Mason completed 3-of-6 passes for 62 yards through the air, including two passes for 38 yards to Zealer.
Zealer led the defense with nine tackles and a quarterback sack, while Dylan Davis and Jason Niederberger each had eight tackles. Milhous had an interception and Doug Dolan picked up a quarterback sack.
Nevada Union 34, Vintage 14
NU’s freshmen (2-0) downed Vintage 34-14 after rolling up 449 rushing yards on the Crusher defense.
Alex Martinez gained 111 yards and a touchdown on the ground, while Kelcey Wirick had 98 yards and a touchdown. Corey Browning scored two touchdowns and had 46 rushing yards, while Tucker Colomb had 67 yards and a score. Kamil Shehadeh added 62 yards on the ground.
Colomb led the defense with 12 tackles, including nine solo stops. Shehadeh added eight tackles for NU.
Vintage 30, Nevada Union 20
Vintage (2-0) 6 6 12 6 – 30
Nevada Union (1-1) 10 3 0 7 – 20
NU – Josh Noxon 50 pass from Ty Smith (Chris Ulinski kick), 2:40
NU – Ulinski 48 field goal, 1:10
V – Tim Matson 65 run (Kick failed), :08
V – Kevin Harrell 1 run (Run failed), 5:13
NU – Ulinski 36 field goal, 3:07
V – Harrell 2 run (Run failed), 6:18
V – Matson 45 run (Kick blocked), :25
V – Harrell 3 run (Kick blocked), 8:51
NU – Noxon 10 pass from Nick Cartan (Ulinski kick), 6:42
First downs 21 13
Rushes-yards 53-352 25-69
Passing yards 62 230
Comp-Att-Int 5-12-0 21-28-1
Fumbles-Lost 4-1 2-1
Penalties-yards 3-15 11-80
RUSHING – Vintage: Anthony Ellis 3-2, Harrell 21-104, Matson 21-213, Jeff Wright 38, Ti Ross 5. Nevada Union: Andrew Moon 5-8, Rich Herrera 4-7, Ryan Herrera 10-59, Smith 3-(minus)3, Chris Potter 1-(minus)5, Cartan 1-3.
PASSING – Vintage: Wright 5-12-0 for 62 yards. Nevada Union: Smith 16-20-0 153, Cartan 4-7-1 69, Steven Davis 1-1-0 8.
RECEIVING – Vintage: Dennis Long 3-34, Demetri Smith 2-28. Nevada Union: Noxon 9-134, Brennan McFadden 4-28, Rich Herrera 1-7, David Carrillo 1-14, Chris Potter 3-16, J.P. Biertuempfel 1-8, Bo Cassel 2-23.
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